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Is WikiLeaks Journalism?

Freeman
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12/8/2010 1:06:54 AM
Posted: 6 years ago
If Julian Assange is ever extradited to the U.S. for prosecution, it is likely one of the main issues of the case will have to do with whether or not WikiLeaks (http://www.wikileaks.no...) is actually journalism.

I think it is. They gather the material and release it to the press. Shouldn't this reasonably be covered under free speech laws.
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12/8/2010 1:10:54 AM
Posted: 6 years ago
Agreed. What Assange did is not fundamentally different from what the New York Times and other newspapers are doing. Neither Assange nor the newspapers actually stole the information in the first place--they just received and published it.
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12/8/2010 1:31:09 AM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 12/8/2010 1:13:47 AM, InsertNameHere wrote:
One thing I really wonder about is how Wikileaks got the documents in the first place.

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12/8/2010 2:06:58 AM
Posted: 6 years ago
If a case can be made that this is complicit to terrorism, and such a case could be made, i am unsure if the first amendment would protect him. I'm not even sure how that protection works with a foreign national; i guess it would depend on the venue of the trial. It would be an interesting case for the SJC. If the peace of a nation (or several nations) is compromised by a foreign national do first amendment rights enter the picture?